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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

The life of Dutch Henry Born, “The most notorious outlaw in the West,” took a sharp turn toward the better circa 1870 when he...

Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

Entering and leaving Pagosa Springs was quite different in 1901 than it is today. First of all. even though the automobile was invented, I'm...

The building of Wolf Creek Pass

We’ve been writing about the replacement of the state-supported Elwood Pass route into Pagosa Springs across the San Juan Mountains. The Elwood Pass route...

Pagosa’s Past: School days: Fil Byrnes and Pagosa’s first school

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist In mid-October of 1878, troops under the command of Capt. William Hartz marched across the Continental Divide from Fort Garland...

A hike in the South San Juan Wilderness

This week we return to our description of events that took place in the southeast corner of Archuleta County that I am loosely referring...

Following the O’Neal party and Henry Gordon on Pecos Trail

We continue the story of Henry Gordon, whose life spanned the cowboy history of the Old West. As we reported last week, Gordon joined...

Building a herd the illegal way

A brand-blotting case or “rustling” or “grand larceny” was the big news in 1884. The Hoover Bros. accused the Brown Bros. of the cattle-stealing...

Grappling with modernization

Pagosa Springs grappled with modernization in 1901 by installing utilities such as a telephone system and a town water distribution system. On Nov. 9, 1901,...

An entertaining account of early settlers

An early pioneer by the name of Jay Randolph Scott leaves us an early and entertaining description of the first settlers along U.S. 160...

Pagosa’s Past: Working at the lumber mill

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Last week’s column about my first car tickled some forgotten memory lobes and drifted across things that took place but...